A Cinematic Wedding By The Sea…

Morning all!  Apologies for the later then usual installation this morning!  I’m excited today to be sharing this lovely wedding with you that was submitted last week by the lovely Kate Williams of Craig Williams Photography. I love making connections with new Photographers and felt an instant connection with Kate – you just know some people are going to be a lot of fun to be around by the words they choose to use, the tone of the messages they send you – I hope I get to meet you soon Kate! 😉 Anyway without further ado, lets look at this lovely wedding Kate sent in. 

Elsa and Urmy married on 2nd July this year at the Electric Picture Palace in Southwold, Suffolk {what a beautiful building!}, followed by an evening reception at St Peter’s Hall, Bungay, Suffolk.  I love the relaxed nature of this wedding, the laid-back vibe of the couple.

Lucky Elsa wore a cute 1950’s inspired wedding dress that was made by her Mother’s own fair hands…

“She designed the dress from two vintage Vogue patterns and the fabric was from Broadwick Silks in London.  I really wanted a bespoke dress and have always been inspired by 1950s iconography, design etc, so this seemed the obvious way to go. 

I spent a lot of time looking at Candy Anthony designs and then we got some vintage Vogue patterns. The dress is a combination of a full panelled skirt from one pattern and a fitted bodice and panel across the chest from another.  I also loved the underskirts edged in red which you could just glimpse when the dress moved…”

Photography by Craig Williams

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Elsa says her shoes had to be red, because this is her favourite colour 😉

“I went to the Irregular Choice shop in Carnaby Street and there they were!!

“Our close friends Lorna and Andrew, who now live in France, have an old Renault 4 which is my all-time favourite car, Lorna offered to chauffeur us on the day!”

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1950s style wedding dress

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Well done Elsa’s Mum! This is such a lovey dress to have made for your own Daughter to wear on her wedding day. Kudos all round! 😉

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“Urmy and I love film and we came across this tiny cinema with a marriage license, went to have a look and fell in love with the place.  We wanted to show a little excerpt of film too, so this was the obvious place to get married…”

The Picture Palace, Southwold, Suffolk, Wedding Venue

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Elsa walked down the aisle to ‘I’m feeling Good’ by NIna Simone.  What a FAB choice of a track!

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“We have been together for yonks (about 12 years), we have a little boy Noah and the time was right to just do it.  Urmy and I chatted about it and went to select an engagement ring, we went off for a family day at Walberswick beach, and whilst Noah was building a castle Urmy wrapped his arms around me and popped the ring on my finger.  Then we had a lovely chilled prosecco on the beach.  Just lovely!”

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The Suffolk Cup Cake Company provided this fabulous tower of cupcakes…

“I was desperate to have a tea and cake moment after the ceremony at the cinema.  The cinema were really accommodating of that, but space was tight, so a cupcake tower seemed like an obvious choice.  We sampled some of The Suffolk Cup Cake Company’s cakes t a local wedding fair and they were scrummy. 

They suggested incorporating seaside themes within the icing of the cakes, so the Southwold lighthouse was in there.  We popped some playmobil people on top of the big cupcake for fun!”

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St Peter’s Hall is idyllic and opens out onto wide, flat countryside with big Suffolk skies.  The beach had to feature in our day – we spend a lot of our free time there, we have many happy moments there and Urmy desperately wanted to fly kites too.  Plus we had about 30 kids, so they needed to let off steam!”

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“We hired a traditional Jazz Quartet to accompany the barbecue, followed by a super 80s indie-mix on our ipods...”

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Words of Wedded Wisdom…

“From what many people have said, I was a very chilled bride – I’m not quite sure how I achieved this, but I kept lots of lists.  In breaking with a lot of the normal traditions, we didn’t really have a strict time schedule for the day and that helped a lot I think.  We knew what order we wanted things in but they sort of happened when everyone was ready.  I know not everyone wants their day to be like that, but it helped me really enjoy the day and remember it…”

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Congratulations Elsa and Urmy! What a lovely, relaxed, family and fun focussed wedding, well done guys 😉

Muchos thanks to the littel ray of sunshine that is Kate Williams for sending in these images {I LOVE getting emails from Kate, they always make me smile ;)}

Craig and Kate Williams are just great.  They took our preferences really seriously and seemed really keen to capture the huge landscapes of Suffolk with our guests within those landscapes and we think they have done that really well.

Suffolk is a really special place for us, and we wanted it to be really obvious that that was where our wedding day took place.  We wanted relaxed shots of our family and friends, capturing the action and moments that we might have missed in the busyness of the day– again they did a great job and blended in brilliantly.”

So what do you think? Leave a comment below – I’d love to hear from those of you doing something a little different like Elsa and Urmy!  Infact, for those of you keen to do something much less traditional and hold a wedding ceremony in a venue of your choice, not one that is dictated to you by whether it is a licensed vene or not, then contact One Life Ceremonies who will be able to advise. See more cinematic weddings here.

Annabel x



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Founder of Love My Dress. Passionate Podcaster and Editor. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire with her husband and business partner Philip, their two daughters and menagerie of furry hounds. She loves photography, meditation, walking, being outdoors and star gazing. She is fierce when it comes to championing talent within the wedding industry and when she's not working on Love My Dress, she supports her husband Philip in the running of the family's sustainable flower farm and floral design business, Moonwind Flowers. In 2013, she became a published author.